Benjamen Nforneh

Kurt Warncke, Advisor

Education

  • Masters of Science, Physics, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja Nigeria
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Buea, Cameroon

Research

My research technique is Electron Paramagnetic (Spin) Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. My interests are on using EPR spectroscopic methods for the characterization of the structure and dynamics of biological radicals and radical pair systems. This is generally done by trapping a radical from the biological macromolecule of interest or spin labeling the region of interest by using site-directed spin labeling techniques (SDSL). The EPR spectrum that results is then analyzed and parameters obtained to characterize the macromolecule. I also use spin probe electron spin resonance spectroscopy techniques to probe and characterize the effects of solvent dynamics on protein function and enzyme catalysis. The effects of co-solvents on the solvent dynamics around macromolecules are also of interest to me. I am also interested in the activities of bacteria organelles known as “bacterial microcompartments” which are polyhedral in nature and surrounding by a shell of proteins. I am interested in figuring out the location of some of the key enzymes involve in the metabolic processes of these bacterial microcompartments. 

Publications

Presentations

October 14-16, 2016: I participated and gave an oral talk at the 45th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC) at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. 

July 17- 21, 2016: I participated and presented a poster at the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance at Breckenridge, Colorado, USA.

October 9-11, 2015: I participated and presented a poster at the 44th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC) in Daytona Beach Florida, USA.

July 23- 31, 2015: I participated and presented a poster at the 57th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance at the Snowbird Resort & Conference Center in Snowbird, Utah, USA      

October 2014: Attended and presented a poster at the 43rd Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference held in Alabama on October 24-26.